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Holiday travel: Messy weather, long delays

CNN - 2 hours 13 min ago
Here's one thing some will not be so thankful for: a messy mix of snow, rain and sleet for Turkey Day.
Categories: National News

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Business News - 2 hours 17 min ago
Stock markets seem to have entered holiday mode already, but investors still lots of economic news to digest ahead of Thanksgiving.

Hong Kong student leader arrested

CNN World - 2 hours 39 min ago
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was among a number of student leaders arrested Wednesday as authorities cleared a key demonstration camp in the city's Mong Kok district.
Categories: International News

Kofi Annan: Extensions will kill nuclear deal process

CNN World - 2 hours 41 min ago
CNN's Hala Gorani speaks to Kofi Annan about whether or not he is optimistic a nuclear deal can be done with Iran.
Categories: International News

Putin's killer tiger involved in cross-border raid

CNN World - 2 hours 42 min ago
A daring cross-border raid by one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's associates has -- so far -- yet to sour Sino-Russian relations.
Categories: International News

Syria airstrikes kill 95 in ISIS stronghold, report says

CNN World - 2 hours 43 min ago
At least 95 people have been killed and 120 injured in airstrikes by Syrian government forces on the northern city of Raqqa, a stronghold for the extremist group ISIS, a monitoring group said Wednesday.
Categories: International News

Major storm could snarl holiday travel

CNN - 3 hours 2 min ago
If you're heading to the East Coast this Thanksgiving holiday, you may want to get an early start. A big storm may impact your travel plans.
Categories: National News

Could a form of sugar treat deadly disease?

CNN - 3 hours 5 min ago
Big wooden planters full of ripe tomatoes. Homemade pickles. Over good wine and grilled steak at the home of Chris and Hugh Hempel, in the hills around Reno, Nevada, the conversation turns to biomedical research and genetics.
Categories: National News

Mike Rowe: coffee pro

CNN - 3 hours 5 min ago
Mike is introduced to coffee cupping, a taste evaluation based on the bean's region, country, farm and crop. See 12/3 9p
Categories: National News

'Sad' Christmas tree will stay put

CNN - 3 hours 6 min ago
The 50-foot Christmas tree decorating downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, was supposed to spread holiday cheer, but instead it made some residents unhappy.
Categories: National News

One Chinese company makes one-third of the world's cigarettes

Business News - 3 hours 6 min ago
When it comes to the tobacco business, bigger has long been considered better in China.

UVA case shows colleges' tolerance for rape culture

CNN - 3 hours 9 min ago
John Foubert says suspending fraternities after Rolling Stone article alleging gang rape is not enough. Colleges must create a culture that reliably prevents rape and punishes rapists.
Categories: National News

Tense night in Ferguson

CNN - 3 hours 9 min ago
Police said 44 people were arrested Tuesday night in Ferguson on a night when the tension got thicker with every tick of the clock.
Categories: National News

Two Minnesota men charged accused of supporting ISIS

CNN - 3 hours 15 min ago
Two Minnesota men face criminal charges in connection with terrorist activities by the Syrian group ISIL, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in Minneapolis.
Categories: National News

Parents: 3 holiday tech gifts that can help your kids in the classroom

Education - 7 hours 44 min ago

(BPT) - Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country, many parents will shop for laptops, notebooks or other devices that can help facilitate learning.

Fifty-eight percent of students use a laptop, notebook or Chromebook for school at least twice a week, according to the 2014 Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey. In fact, 71 percent of elementary school students, 67 percent of middle school students and 56 percent of high school students would like to use mobile devices more often in the classroom than they do now.

With the wide range of learning tasks students tackle daily, it’s important for parents to choose devices with maximum flexibility. Windows is the most commonly used operating system in the workplace and a vast library of educational materials are Windows compatible, so it makes sense for children to learn on Windows 8-enabled devices with Intel inside. Three types of devices stand out for parents looking for computing flexibility:

Notebooks

Smaller, lighter and more economical than full-sized laptops, today’s notebooks still pack a great deal of computing power in their compact frames. Products like the HP 210 G1 Notebook PC allow students to perform basic word-processing tasks, access online learning tools, and share notes and assignments with peers and teachers. Durable yet lightweight, their typical small size allows them to fit easily into backpacks and be used in classroom settings without taking up too much space.

Tablets

With their versatile touchscreen interface, tablets inspire creativity and facilitate collaboration among students and educators. Teachers who use tablets in class are able to personalize lessons to appeal to the learning styles and interests of multiple students, rather than approaching a lesson as one size fits all. For younger students who have not yet mastered a keyboard, touchscreen tablets provide an easy way to accomplish tasks. Styles like the Dell Venue 11 can also feature handwriting recognition, making note-taking fast and easy for older students and helping younger pupils practice handwriting skills.

2 in 1s

For older students who do more typing, 2 in 1 devices like the Lenovo Yoga or Asus Transformer provide the convenience of a notebook and the flexibility of a tablet. These devices are lightweight with a touchscreen interface, like a tablet, but can be also used like a traditional laptop through a detachable, flippable or rotating keyboard. Having both functionalities within one device facilitates creativity, note-taking and collaboration.

Not sure which of these device types might best suit your student’s needs? Consult with your child’s teacher. In many classrooms across the country, teachers are already using technology in their lessons. Your child’s teacher may be able to advise you on what type of device would best mesh with what he or she is already using in the classroom. To learn more about how educators are using technology to enhance student success or about the best device for your student, visit www.k12blueprint.com or follow @IntelK12Edu on Twitter.

Categories: Lifestyle

'Jurassic World' trailer: Dinos and Chris Pratt

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:20pm
The dinos are back, and this time they've got Star-Lord to contend with.
Categories: Entertainment News

'Birdman,' 'Boyhood' lead Independent Spirit nods

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:18pm
"Birdman" is flying high. The Michael Keaton film was nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards Tuesday, leading all movies.
Categories: Entertainment News

HBO to adapt Scientology book, hires 160 lawyers

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:17pm
HBO is backing a documentary based on "Going Clear," a book about Scientology and Hollywood -- and isn't taking any chances with the legal side of things.
Categories: Entertainment News

No. 25 Bulldogs Roll Past ULM 80-46

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:17pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a grueling four-game run to the WNIT championship, No. 25 Mississippi State returned to the court and won its first game this season as a ranked team.

'Black lives matter,' protesters insist in fresh round of Ferguson demos

CNN - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:59pm
Hours after protests over the grand jury decision in Michael Brown's death rocked Ferguson, Missouri, people across the country took to the streets to voice their anger again Tuesday.
Categories: National News
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